Gandhinagar: The Border Security Force (BSF) which has been using the Bhaskaracharya Institute for Space Applications and Geo-informatics (BISAG) project for communication at the state frontier on Sunday suggested the facility be used across all its frontiers in the country.
"We are integrated with BISAG programme of Government of Gujarat. Today, on Gujarat frontier, I am able to talk with jawans in Border Out Posts (BOPS). We can also keep a watch on those BOPs. They can discuss with us whatever problem or issues they have. We can also have discussions and can get back to them," said Gujarat Frontier Inspector General, Santosh Mehra.
He was speaking to reporters on the eve of BSF's Raising Day at its Gujarat headquarters in Chiloda area of the district.
"BISAG may be having a reach in other frontiers of BSF in the country. From headquarters at Delhi, our senior and experienced officials can be able to talk with jawans and with officers in Jammu, Kashmir, Tripura and Meghalaya during any operation," Mehra said.
"They (senior officials) can also direct or give them (officers) command from the headquarters. Our administration will be greatly benefited from their direction and experience. This communication will prove good in different operations. A dedicated channel of BISAG can be given to us in shorter time," he said.
"In Gujarat, 75 per cent installation of BISAG has been done. Hardwares and system like D2H (direct to Home) are being set. Likewise it will be extended to all the frontiers in the country," Mehra said.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had inaugurated the BSF's use of Gujarat government's BISAG project in September this year during his visit to the border area in the state.
BISAG is the nodal agency to facilitate use of spatial and geo-spatial technologies for planning and developmental activities.
The project has been used for agriculture, land and water resource management, forestry, infrastructure, education as well as disaster management.
On the occasion, Mehra also discussed about the Golden
Jubilee year celebrations of the paramilitary force founded in 1965.
When asked about the future of floating border outposts (BOPs) in Sir Creek area in Kutch, Mehra said, "The process to get floating BOPs is on. Orders have already been placed. We are going to have a better quality of floating BOPs for all the year. Those will be all-weather floating BOPs and they will have greater capacity in terms of number of persons that can be moved in them."